Penelope Cruz Backpedals, Admits Not an 'Expert' on Middle East

Penelope Cruz is worried her recent comments on the Israeli/Hamas conflict might be "misunderstood." 

So the Oscar winner issued an updated statement, according to Deadline.com, further explaining why she thought the Israeli government was committing "genocide" against the Palestinians.

The actress admits she isn't an expert on Middle Eastern affairs.

I don’t want to be misunderstood on this important subject,” she said. “I’m not an expert on the situation and I’m aware of the complexity of it. My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza. I am hopeful all parties can agree to a cease fire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border. I wish for unity, and peace… I believe in a civilization that can be capable of bringing the courage to have a world where humans can live side by side.

The statement in question was co-signed earlier this week by Cruz's husband, Javier Bardem, and director Pedro Almodovar.


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